12. Reefer Man - Cab Calloway (1992)
He smokes a reefer and he gets high/ Then he flies to the sky.
"Have you ever met the funny reefer man?" Calloway asks on this jazz classic, written by Andy Razaf and J. Russel Robinson, and recorded with his orchestra. A year later the flamboyant singer/bandleader performed the song in the movie International House. It's the first tribute to a pot dealer, a theme Calloway returned to on "The Man from Harlem." Covered by Don Redman, Baron Lee & the Blue Rhythm Band, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Taj Mahal.